Today in Labor History – November 16th

This photo was taken shortly after the Nov. 16, 1915 Ravensdale mine explosion that killed 31 men in Southeast King County.  Smoke continued to bellow out of the mine’s main shaft, seen on the left. Townsfolk who gathered after the blast are looking toward an auxiliary shaft which rescuers used to try to reach the victims.  Three survivors were brought out soon after the blast, but it quickly became clear that because of the ferocity of the explosion, no one else in the mine survived.

The Ravensdale Coal Mine

The Ravensdale coal mine explosion killed 31 workers in Washington state. The mine was well known for excessive coal dust. – 1916

A county judge in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania granted an injunction requested by the Clearfield Bituminous Coal Company forbidding strikers from speaking to strikebreakers, posting signs declaring a strike is in progress, or even singing hymns. Union leaders termed the injunction “drastic.” – 1927

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